Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Sciences

Schedule

Annual announcement is distributed to the West Lafayette campus academic deans and faculty in late November. Nominations are due in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the faculties and the president of the University meets in the spring or early summer to determine the winner.

Background & Guidelines

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual award intended for faculty whose recent research, scholarship, or creative work has made a major impact in the humanities and social sciences disciplines.

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Science is intended to honor recent past achievement(s) of major impact; the award is not a lifetime achievement award.

The Award

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award consists of a monetary prize of $4,000 plus an additional contribution $7,000 to support the research of the recipient.

Who is Eligible

Any faculty member on the West Lafayette campus who has made a recent significant contributions in Humanities and Social Sciences is eligible for nomination for the award, regardless of school or departmental affiliation.

Investigators are eligible to receive only one of the University-wide research awards -- The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Sciences, Arden L. Bement Jr. Award, or the Herbert Newby McCoy Award.

Nominations

Nominations are solicited from all members of the West Lafayette campus University faculty. Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu). Nominations may be made by any member of the University.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu). Nominations may be made by any member of the University community. The nomination packet should include:

  1. A concise summary statement, not more than two pages in length, that describes the impact and significance of the nominee’s recent work leading to nomination for the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  3. A complete list of all research, scholarly, or creative works produced during the five-year period preceding January 1, 2016.
  4. Copies or other representations of no more than five discipline-appropriate works that substantiate the impact of the contribution.
  5. Any additional supporting information that the nominator considers to be significant.
  6. Include no more than five letters supporting the impact and significance of the nominee’s contribution to their field.  Letters supporting previous nominations for the award may be submitted if they were written within the preceding three years.

Award Process

To help the selection committees appreciate the impact and significance of the nominee’s work, nominators (or their representatives) will be invited to make a brief presentation and answer questions during the selection committee meetings. This presentation is important in the selection process as it allows committee members to more fully understand the impact of the work. The presentation schedule will be developed after all nominations have been received.

Award Presentation

The recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award is notified via the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the award is bestowed at the annual Excellence in Research Awards dinner. In addition, the recipient addresses the Purdue community with a Distinguished Lecture.

Distinguished Lecture

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award Distinguished Lecture provides the Purdue community the opportunity to hear the winner describe his/her honored contributions. The Lecture is an annual fall event held in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center and is followed by a reception in honor of the award recipient. All past award winners receive a formal invitation to attend the distinguished lecture. Those who are able to be present receive special recognition by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships prior to the start of the lecture.

Recognition Dinner

All past and present Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Sciences awardees are invited to the Excellence in Research Awards Dinner. The dinner program includes a presentation of the award by the President of the University.

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